Iraq Watch

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Crises are brewing all over the Middle East, but can the world only focus on one crisis at a time? (Menahem Kahana /AFP).
12:28 GMT
Ali Ibrahim argues that the world cannot seem to focus its attention on more than one crisis at a time. Whilst all the focus is on Gaza right now, he argues that other events in the Middle East are actually more dangerous.

July 27, 2014

(AFP)
18:26 GMT
Newly-released video footage shows the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing at least 50 Syrian government soldiers in the troubled northern Syria.

July 24, 2014

Iraq's bloodshed is often related to sectarian tensions. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
A shooting and bombing attack on a bus carrying prisoners to Baghdad left 51 prisoners and nine policeman dead.
Based on a power-sharing agreement, the position of president goes to the Kurds. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT
The main Kurdish blocs in Iraqi parliament have agreed on the candidacy of Fuad Masum for the next president of Iraq.

July 23, 2014

Iraq's parliament recently elected Salim al-Jabouri as speaker of the house. (AFP/File)
14:53 GMT
the Iraqi parliament is meeting Wednesday to vote on a new president.
Baghdad has been shelling Fallujah in an attempt to oust ISIS from controlling the Anbar city (File Archive)
05:00 GMT
At least 19 people were killed from Iraqi government airstrikes on the militant-held city of Fallujah over the past two days.

July 22, 2014

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled Mosul after ISIL threats this week (File/AFP)
12:38 GMT
The UN has denounced ISIL's treatment of Christians and other minorities in Iraq and called on the country's government to do more against the militant group.

July 21, 2014

Fear is growing of a mass humanitarian crisis if ISIS militants cut water supplies across Iraq (File/AFP)
10:02 GMT
Militants from radical group ISIS have taken control of key facilities along the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in Iraq, with the threat of cutting water supplies to the Shia population, south of the country.
Militants in ISIS demanded Christian residents convert to Islam, pay a tax, or be killed. (AFP/File)
08:25 GMT
An ultimatum issued by ISIS militants is causing Mosul's Christians to flee by the hundreds.

July 20, 2014

ISIS called the bombings "blessed operations." (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for recent car bombs in Baghdad that left at least 27 dead.
Apparently, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was trained boy Mossad and the CIA. Who knows? (File/AFP)
08:03 GMT
From the Malaysian airliner being the reason for World War III to ISIS killing three Israeli teens to divert attention away from Iraq, conspiracy theories are dangerous distractions from the truth.
Iraqi Christian children gather inside the Church of the Virgin Mary for prayers in the town of Bartala, east of the northern city of Mosul. (Karim Sahib/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea condemned on Saturday the Islamic State's attacks against Christians and minorities in the Iraqi city of Mosul, calling for peace and for eradicating ISIS and other “oppressive” regimes.

July 18, 2014

Iraq's ambassador was told to return to Baghdad Friday for consultations (File Archive)
18:04 GMT
Leadership in Baghdad pulled its ambassador in Jordan Friday,
Jalal Talabani has been receiving medical treatment in Germany for the past 18 months (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
16:58 GMT
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is set to return to Baghdad after spending 18 months in Germany for medical treatment.
ISIS frequently conducts public executions in the territories that it controls (File Archive)
14:06 GMT
The United Nations said Friday that at least 5,576 Iraqi civilians have been kill this year thus far as violence continues to envelope the fragile country.